Going Green

Ann Arbor, Michigan is planning to install LEDs in its streetlights to save money on lighting costs. Apparently this investment is going to pay for itself in four years. There seems to be a bit of a mini-green revolution right now, as just about every finance blog or personal improvement blog talks about replacing your own light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs. We got a pack of them from Wal-Mart to replace some 60-watt bulbs, and we’re pretty sure that the “60-watt equivalent” is brighter than the regular incandescent bulb after it warms up. Wal-Mart even has their own brand of CFLs, and that’s what we’re using now. It’s a bit of an investment, but we’re planning on replacing a few more bulbs each month to try to cut down on our utilities bill.

3 thoughts on “Going Green

  1. Beth

    This is a really good idea. Does the CFLs give off a lot of heat? I feel like the lamp in our living room gives off tons of heat, too (or maybe it’s that plus the computer that makes it so warm …) And are your bulbs the kind that take a minute to get bright? (Not so fond of those).

    Way to go on saving electricity.

  2. Alex Post author

    Well the CFL definitely doesn’t stay cold, but it’s much cooler than an incandescent bulb. We have a couple of different brands now – the Wal-Mart ones take slightly longer to get all the way bright, but they’re not too noticeable. Another brand we have (GE) doesn’t have that problem at all. You can check out reviews on Amazon.com to see which ones do and don’t. I’m off to check out the video!

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